Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Music: Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley - "Empty Room"

An Arcade Fire cover from a cellist (Haimovitz) and a pianist (O'Riley); their new CD is Shuffle Play Listen. Review here. (All Things Strings)

Haimovitz’s musical zeal, plus O’Riley’s amazing finesse, equals a powerhouse sound that vacillates wildly between whispery plaintiveness (Arcade Fire’s “In the Backseat”), emotive intensity (Herrmann “Carlotta’s Portrait”), and enviable improvisational prowess (John McLaughlin’s “A Lotus on Irish Streams”). The latter piece closes this unconventional recording, appropriately rounding out a wonderfully diverse musical experience performed by two incredibly complex artists.

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